What is a Growth Mindset?
Mindsets are the beliefs that we hold for ourselves and those around us. When we have a Growth Mindset we view intelligence as a fluid concept, in other words, we hold the belief that it can be developed through perseverance and effort. This is contrary to belief that our intelligence is a fixed trait i.e. something we are born with. The Mindsets that we hold can have a significant impact on our relationship with learning and interactions with those around us. Research undertaken by Psychologist Carol Dweck suggests that when students have a Growth Mindset, they are more motivated to work hard, they put more effort into their schoolwork, and can show increased academic achievement.
How can you promote a Growth Mindset with your children?
- Praise the process not the result. Instead of saying, “Well done those test results are great, you’re so smart”, try saying, “Well done those tests results are great, you must have revised and tried really hard.”
- Tell your children about the brain, it is like a muscle that grows with perseverance and practice.
- Have high expectations of what your children can achieve.
- Know that mistakes will happen, this is part of the learning process.
- Accept your child’s emotions when learning, sometimes they may feel angry and frustrated, that is ok. You can support your child with re-assurance and breathing techniques to help them feel calm.
- An anxious brain is not a learning brain. Children must be in a place of calm to process information. Allow them to take breaks when they feel overwhelmed.
I hope you found this brief introduction to the Growth Mindset approach helpful, if you have any questions or would like some further information please get in touch or join us on our Mindful Monday Session on June 7, 2021 at 9:30 AM. Click here to register now.
For further information and to access resources please visit the Mindset Works site.
Dr. Kayleigh Sumner
Education and Child Psychologist
Regent International School